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On Display: Current Temporary Exhibitions at Tulsa-Area Museums

Image from Philbrook's Making Modern America Exhibition

Looking to add a little culture to your day? Check out what's new at some of Tulsa's best museums! 

ahha Tulsa

Location: 101 E. Archer St.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12-7 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday
Admission, non-members: Adults: $10.95; Youth (3-17): $6.95; Two and under: Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Altars of Reconciliation: 

"Native American Christians are often accused of being assimilated or “colonized.” Yet it’s not that simple—especially for the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, and Seminole people of the Southeastern United States who used to be labeled “civilized.”

The installations in Altars of Reconciliation express diverse, individual faith experiences of three Southeastern Native artists who practice Christianity. Each “altar” depicts ongoing personal reconciliation between the artist and God, with awareness of the complex history of Christianity among Southeastern tribes and the mystery of faith that transcends it."—Contributing scholar Stacy Fife Pratt, PhD, Muscogee (Creek) Continue reading here. Open through March 24, 2019. 

Found on the Side of the Road: "Photographs are not neutral documents—they’re the result of a photographer’s artistic choices. For his series Found on Side of Road, Tulsa photographer Jack Bryant constructed images that convey his own perspective of the complex realities of life in Oklahoma." Read more here. Open through March 24, 2019. 

Mitochroma: (Opening April 5) "In this site-specific installation unique to the ahha Tulsa Hardesty Center, Krista Jo Mustain of PRINT PARTY and Sarah Sullivan of SULLYSTRING will transform the interior of THE GALLERY into a celebration of electric color, playful pattern, and organic forms. Together, their murals and sculpture will resonate with viewers seeking an exuberant experience with the very elements of art and design." Continue reading. Open through May 26, 2019. 

Discovery Lab

Location: 560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission, Non-Members: Ages 2 and Up: $6; Ages younger than 2: Free

Temporary Exhibits: 

AnimationLand: "Animationland is the newest exhibit located in Discovery Lab’s Main Hall. Animationland encourages visitors to explore all aspects of animation from start to finish. Visitors not only get to see how it works they get to create their own stop-motion videos and be involved in them." Read more here

Backyard Bugs: "Backyard Bugs: An Oklahoma Insect Adventure gives visitors a unique larger-than-life perspective of a bug’s world and reveals the fascinating characteristics of our tiny neighbors. Backyard Bugs includes a massive, animatronic praying mantis and a larger-than-life monarch butterfly. There are more than a dozen varieties of live insects and arachnids including a black widow, a scorpion, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, darkling beetles, and hornworms." Continue reading


Location: 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; Closed Mondays
Admission, Non-Members: Adults: $8; Seniors (62+): $6; Active duty members of the U.S. Military: $6; College students with valid i.d.: $5; Children 18 and younger: Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

The Chisolm Kid: Lone Fighter for Justice for All: "The Chisholm Kid, Lone Fighter for Justice for All pays homage to the many black cowboys who drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail out of Texas and across Indian Territory to the railroad trailheads in Kansas during the years following the Civil War." Continue Reading. Open through May 5, 2019. 

Exploring the Big Trail: "The exhibition showcases stereoscopic photographs taken during the filming of the 1930 motion picture The Big Trail, starring John Wayne. Many, if not all, of these photographs are unique images never exhibited before. Exploring The Big Trail promises to provide valuable insights into the production of the film, an understanding of how the American West has been presented to audiences around the world and the role Westerns played in shaping the mythology of the West." Read more here. Open through May 26, 2019. 

Pulitzer Prize Photographs: (Opens March 29) "Pulitzer Prize Photographs, from the Newseum in Washington D.C., brings history to life with the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, with images of every prize-winning entry dating back to 1942, when the award was first presented. In addition to the 80 photographs, visitors can use interactive touch screens to access more than 1,000 additional images and 15 hours of video and audio compiled from interviews with the prize-winning photographers." Read more here. Open through July 14, 2019. 

Philbrook Downtown

Location: 116 E. M.B. Brady St. 
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Admission: General Admission: $7; Seniors and Groups of 10+: $5

Temporary Exhibitions:

Bean Dance: Hopi Kachina Carvings: "Art has the power to connect the past and the present, the sacred and the secular, and bring together people of different backgrounds. This exhibition highlights a unique Native American art form--kachina carvings by Hopi artists from nrothern Arizona--that accomplishes all this at once." Continue reading at philbrook.org. Open through April 7, 2019. 

Joel Daniel Phillips: It Felt Like The Future Was Now: "Joel Daniel Phillips chooses images charged with history. The labor both physical and emotional needed to create his graphite drawings is part of what draws the viewer into the work. Phillips creates a tension between pure beauty and uncomfortable truths. 

For the Philbrook Downtown exhibition...Phillips expands upon a body of work exploring the burgeoning oil industry in Oklahoma and Southern California in the 1950s. Tinged with nostalgia, the works have an ominous tone and reveal a past rarely considered." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through May 19, 2019. 

Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding: "Acclaimed artist Richard Barlow creates monumental, temporary, and site-specific drawings of the natural world with chalk on blackboard paint. His drawings are erased at the end of each show." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through May 19, 2019. 

Peggy Weil: 88 Cores: "In Peggy Weil's video 88 Cores (From -1 Meter to -3051 Meters), the viewer experiences a descent into the Arctic ice sheet and back through time to when the layers of snow first fell, a time span of 110,000 years. The gasses and debris traped in the ice tell scientists about the atmospheric conditions in Earth's past." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through May 19, 2019. 

Larry Clark: Tulsa: (Opening June 1, 2019) "World-renowned photographer/filmmaker Larry Clark was born and raised in Tulsa. From 1963-1971, he photographed the daily lives of his friends. He captured unforgettable images of sex, violence and drug use alongside intimate moments of solitary contemplation. These images were collected in Clark's legendary and controversial 1971 book, Tulsa." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through Nov. 10, 2019. 

OK: Jason Lee Photographs: (Opening June 1, 2019) "This exhibition will present a new body of work based on Lee's Oklahoma exploration." Learn more at philbrook.org. Open through Nov. 10, 2019. 

Philbrook Museum of Art

Location: 2727 S. Rockford Rd. 
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays 
Admission: Children 17 and under, Active Duty Military, College Students attending NSU, ORU, OSU-Okmulgee, OSU-Tulsa, OU-Tulsa, RSU, TCC, TU: Free; General Admission: $9; Senior Citizens (62+), College Students (with valid i.d.), Groups of 10+: $7

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Making Modern America: "Consider the paradox of progress. Does the end, or outcome, justify the means? Philbrook Museum of Art presents Making Modern America. This exhibition examins this paradox of progress through the lens of American industry." Continue reading at philbrook.org. Open through May 26, 2019. 

Sharon Louden: "Multimedia artist Sharon Louden creates site-specific installations fostering interaction between the art, the space, and the viewer. Her work, which she describes as 'drawing in space,' consists of warped, crumpled, highly polished aluminum suspended in space." Continue reading at philbrook.org. Rotunda installation, on display through Jan. 5, 2020. 

Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

Location: 2021 E. 71st St. 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 12-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $6.50; Seniors (55+): $5.50; Students: $3.50; Children 12 and under, Teachers, Military and First Responders (with i.d.): Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Prairie Landsmen: The Jews of Oklahoma: "This exhibition consists of photographs taken in 1996 of Jewish people and places in Oklahoma, photographs that tell the story of the State’s Jewish community. The artist, acclaimed American photographer David Halpern, concentrated on capturing the Jewish presence, in some cases the remains of a Jewish presence, in smalltown Oklahoma." Learn more here. Open through Dec. 2019. 

Bernstein at 100: "An exhibit celebrating the life and work of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the great American composer and conductor who dedicated his life to making classical music a vibrant part of American culture, will stop in Tulsa and will be shared between two of the city’s arts centers. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum®’s Founding Executive Director and renowned music historian, Robert Santelli, Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the official exhibition of the Bernstein centennial celebration. The exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting." In collaboration with the Woody Guthrie Center. Read more here. Open through April 29, 2019. 

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

Location: 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. 
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Various options, including Museum-only admission and Museum + Planetarium admission. Find the best option for you here

Temporary Exhibits: 

Find a list of TASM exhibits and activities here

Woody Guthrie Center

Location: 102 E. M.B. Brady St.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Admission: Adult: $12; Seniors (55+): $11; Military (up to 4 persons): $10; College Student (with i.d.): $8; Youth (17 and under): Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Leonard Bernstein at 100: "Curated by the GRAMMY Museum®’s Founding Executive Director and renowned music historian, Robert Santelli, Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the official exhibition of the Bernstein centennial celebration. The exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting. " Continue reading. This is a shared exhibition with the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. 

Mellencamp Exhibit: Learn more here

Farther Afield

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Temporary Exhibitions:

Off the Wall: 100 Years of Sculpture (through May 12, 2019): "Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture features more than twenty works of sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition highlights the 'unconventional' in twentieth- and twenty-first century sculpture—a period in European and American art in which traditional ideas about sculpture and painting were being challenged." Continue Reading.

Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West (through May 26, 2019): See a stunning collection of photography by Ansel Adams and 12 other artists. Details here

From the Golden Age to the Moving Image: The Changing Face of the Permanent Collection (through Dec. 31, 2020): See recent acquisitions, including Kehinde Wiley's 2018 portrait, "Jacob de Graeff," in the newly re-opened 2nd-floor galleries. Learn more here

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas (Coming June 22; Tickets on sale April 3): "Featuring more than seventy works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’sextraordinary gift of nineteenth and early twentieth-century French art to the VMFA [Virginia Museum of Fine Arts." Continue Reading.

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